Food delivery startup Deliveroo launches in third Australian city

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After testing the waters in Sydney and Melbourne, UK-based food delivery startup Deliveroo has decided people in Brisbane should also have the right to order fancy burgers on an app.

Not all Brisbane locals will immediately be able to use the service, which launched in the city Tuesday. Deliveroo, which partners with premium restaurants to deliver food ordered online or on its app, will initially only service the CBD, Fortitude Valley, New Farm, Teneriffe and Spring Hill. 

It’s getting things started with 50 restaurants including Jamie’s Italian, Kwan Brothers and Buffalo Bar.

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Audi built a 20-foot-long, 6-door limo for anonymous European buyer

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Lesson earned: You can’t say you have everything until you have a custom-built Audi limo more than a meter longer than the regular one.

Audi announced Monday morning that it has built a custom A8L Extended limousine for an anonymous European customer. The six-door land yacht clocks in at 20.9 feet long — 3.6 feet longer than the already lengthy 17.3-foot-long A8L.

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For some reason, the owner specified the that four rear seats not face one another, as they do in most limos. Instead, they all face forward. Presumably, this person doesn’t want to look at or talk to the passengers they travel with. Read more…

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Tesla Easter egg lets you drive on Mario Kart's Rainbow Road

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Turns out, Tesla engineers have a sense of humor … or at least a healthy Nintendo 64 addiction.

Following the instructions in a tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a Tesla owner posted a video to YouTube Monday afternoon showing a Mario Kart Easter egg.

The cheat-code that enables the Easter egg is pretty simple. According to Musk, owners of Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot simply need to engage the semi-autonomous driving system four times in quick succession. And, boom, you’re suddenly riding around on a virtual Rainbow Road.

If you do engage this sweet Easter egg, I recommend you stick to the posted speed limit, unlike the Tesla-driving YouTuber. Read more…

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Notorious B.I.G. to return to stage as a hologram

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Fans of the late Notorious B.I.G. are about to get another chance to see the rapper perform in person, thanks to the magic of holograms

ARHT Media has secured the rights to the holographic image of the famed rapper to engage in everything from concerts and various media campaigns

The Hollywood-based company, whose name is an acronym for Augmented Reality Holographic Technology, calls its holograms HumaGrams

According to ARHT, its system allows for a kind of 3D experience without the use of special glasses. And while that claim is hard to confirm without seeing the product live, the company did successfully pull off a Tony Robbins event last year in which the motivational speaker “holo-ported” to Australia to deliver an onstage speech to an enthusiastic audience Read more…

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Soon you'll be able to buy concert tickets on Facebook

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Soon, you’ll be able to buy those highly sought-after Beyoncé tickets through Ticketmaster, directly on Facebook.

The feature – which is supposed to launch at the end of April – was first reported by BuzzFeed News.

In addition to buying tickets from Facebook – presumably on event or artist pages – users will also able to get tickets from Facebook Messenger’s assistant, M.

The news comes just ahead of Facebook’s F8 developer conference, where Messenger bots are expected to be a big part of the social giants announcements.

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TO STOP YELLING IN ALL CAPS IN FORECASTS

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Weather nerds, rejoice.

The National Weather Service announced on Monday that it will soon stop using all-caps style in its weather broadcasts, ending a long-standing but frequently mocked holdover that stems to the days of typewriters. 

LISTEN UP!” NOAA spokesperson Susan Buchanan writes in an email, “BEGINNING ON MAY 11, NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU.”

The weather agency says the changes come as a result of upgrades to its computer system, and that a 30-day notification period is officially underway.

The all-caps style is reportedly a result of an antiquated system that was built to move weather reports over a “wire” made up of teleprinters. Those, the agency explains, resembled “typewriters hooked up to telephone lines.”  Read more…

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